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Date Posted: 02:40:26 02/21/05 Mon
Author: Mike K.
Subject: Questions...

Actually, it's only one question but a meta-question, a question about questions: anyone not confused yet? Okay, let's go.

I happened to be on the receiving end of a "sermon" of "Questions come from Satan. If you have questions, it means Satan's got a hold on you. If you turn to the Lord, all the questions will go away."

Now, while I most definitely disagree with the position that any "troublemaker" who questions the status quo is a tool of Satan, and I can give my own support on it, I'd like a few Christian resources on the matter of questions in the Church.

For a start: even people like Ray Stedman could be quoted with "If you have a mission from the Lord, you will not ask any questions" (yes, he said that... but that's not in context and needs a context to be proper!) but I could not find him give a message on a proper handling of questions.

It's so easy to point the finger at someone asking questions and say "it just proves you're lacking faith" but that's not right in my view.

For starters:

* The book of Job is the history of a god-fearing man who was attacked by Satan and thoroughly questioned God, he questioned everything that he saw, that he experienced and even took the liberty of holding God responsible for Satan's attack even to the points where his best friends accused him of heresy. Yet, God didn't punish him for that, but gave him insight and even rewarded his faith.

* The Gospel according to the records of Mark contains over 100 questions, 54 of them being asked by the Lord Jesus Himself. Any question directed at Jesus was answered, but most questions aked by the Lord remain unanswered!

* The book of Acts is another bag of questions, around 50 of them, averaging about 2/chapter. Most of them asked or quoted by Paul the Apostle.

* Romans is most definitely a "book of questions", with an average of over 4 questions per chapter, most of them even un-answered so that the reader has to find their own answers!

Most definitely the Bible isn't a book reading which allows the Christian to turn off their mind and go into quotation mode - but much more a book causing us to re-think our disposition daily and find the need to seek God more and more.

Anyhow, I need resources which I can also quote later.

In Christ,
Mike K.

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